History of Case Crew's Death Row T-shirt
1992 Design - Back
1992 Design - Front
Case Crew's Death Row T-Shirt has been around since 1992 when the team needed a fund raiser.
(The front of the 1992 shirt is above and the back is shown to the left.)
The Cuyahoga River is the opposite of straight and the steering challenges are compounded by the fact that
600 foot long lake freighters ply the river as well.
These lake freighters have claimed a number of shells throughout the years. The original design shown here on a gray shirt sold well, but in 1994
the team was looking for a fresh look. At the time the second shirt design was created,
Kristine Baggett-Short '86, MBA '92 was the club's faculty advisor and her husband, Kim Short, was also active in the
Cleveland rowing scene. Kim just happened to be a gifted artist and the team approached him for
some t-shirt ideas.
The club paid Kim a couple hundred dollars and he gave us the design you see below with four skeletons being
chased by a freighter. The shirt design has proven so popular that it is still produced today and can be
ordered from the Cafe Press Web Site.
The WRRA boathouse where we rowed
out of was next to the Carter Road bridge, which was the inspiration for the bridge in the Death Row shirt.
Also, almost the entire length of the Cuyahoga where we rowed was lined with the corrugated steel bulkheads
in the image. On the original shirts, the "Death Row" banner text on the back of the shirt was in red.
More recent versions of the shirt are just black and white as below.
The front of the current shirt design is shown to the right and was created by Owen Vande Velde '96. Owen and a couple other alums
made the trek to Boston and a Head of the Charles Regatta.
Owen had the idea that a pencil rubbing from an old head stone would tie in nicely with the Death Row theme.
They found an old cemetery in Cambridge and made the scull-with-wings rubbing that is now on the front of the
shirt. The original shirts had "CWRU Crew" written on them with the "CWRU" above the logo in a semi-circle to follow
the contour of the graphic. Recent versions of the shirt have the "CWRU" removed to appeal to a wider audience
and to avoid having to share the income with Case's athletic department. The proceeds from the shirt now
benefit SARA directly and ultimately Case Crew.
1994 Design - Front
You can buy your own Death Row paraphernalia with the current design by visiting this
link to the Cafe Press Web Site.
1994 Design - Back
- Lisa Pfaff '95, G'96 & Doug Rathburn '97, G'00